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​2011-10-21: City celebrates international climate change day as a warm-up to cop 17


The City of Johannesburg in partnership with Siemens invite you to the kick-start of the climate change awareness raising campaign on Monday, 24 October 2011 as the build-up towards the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP 17).

The 24th October 2011 is an International Day for Climate Change. The world will be awash with activities geared towards heightening awareness and education of the people about the causes of climate change and its impacts on ecosystems and human livelihood.

The City contributes to climate change and is also not exempt from the negative impacts thereof. For instance the City is expected to warm by 2 – 3oC in future depending on the season of the year. 

The anticipated warming will trigger heat waves that may result in many deaths as in Europe in 2003. On the other hand, rainfall is expected to intensify resulting in flooding in many parts of the city.  Flooding will be worsened by blockages in the storm water drainage systems.

The campaign will be launch under the theme “Mobilising Joburg citizens to act today to save tomorrow” in the south of Johannesburg at Orange Farm on Monday, 24 October 2011 and will be spread across the city over next weeks until the beginning of COP 17 in Durban.  

The campaign will takes place as follow:

Green Bus will depart from the Metro Centre, 158 Loveday Street, Braamfontein at 9am on the 24th October 2011 to Orange Farm.
The City’s officials will interact with members of the community in Orange Farm.
City Power’s officials will install the energy efficiency bulbs whilst explaining to the households the reasons for doing so.
A number of orange trees will be planted and explain the benefits of planting trees.
The convoy will also stop at strategic points with a high concentration of people like local markets and taxi ranks to engage and distribute pamphlets on how can the public get involved in mitigating climate change?

Equally important is that South Africa will be hosting the COP 17 meeting in Durban from the 28th November - 9th December 2011. COP 17 is the most important gathering for two reasons; it is held in Africa and offers the opportunity to push the African agenda with a lot of emphasis on adaptation.

Secondly, COP 17 will determine the future of the Kyoto Protocol, the only legally binding international agreement for the developed countries to slash their greenhouse gas emissions by 5% based on 1990 levels.

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For more information contact:

Nkosinathi Nkabinde
Communication Specialist  
City of Johannesburg Public Liaison Department
Tel: (011) 407 – 6477
Cell: 083 408 7787
E-mail: nkosinathin@joburg.org.za